Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fabula significant

During recent research on illusions in early modern England, a forgiveable distraction (introduced to me by Giles Coren’s Kent adventure in Our Food) delivered some amusing anecdotes and useful information; William Lambarde’s A Perambulation of Kent – an Elizabethan travelogue – contains a wealth of apocryphal tales about this (and my) home county, combining sober historical description with […]

Things sweet to taste…

As part of the BBC’s Shakespeare Unlocked season, Radio 4 is broadcasting another series surrounding material objects by the British Museum director, Neil MacGregor (following The World in 100 Objects): Shakespeare’s Restless World.  In short programmes, just shy of quarter-of-an-hour, MacGregor ‘unlocks’ the information, history, and literary significance of each day’s object – today, a two-pronged fork, yesterday, […]

‘Making religion visible’

Channel 4’s Crucifixion (Easter Sunday 2012) followed the creation of Gunther von Hagen’s controversial artwork: an intricate re-creation of Christ’s crucifixion.  Injecting human bodies with a plastic resin, von Hagen then leaves the corpses to corrode in an acid bath until all that is left is a hardened plastic detail of the human vascular system.  His […]

Modern and Early Modern Kent

This week, I was fortunately passing Eastgate House in my (near enough) home town of Rochester, Kent, on the day that they were offering free entry and the opportunity to view work produced by the art students of the University of Kent. Eastgate House was built in the 1590s by Sir Peter Buck.  It contains […]